Friday Five: Favorite Winter Activities

Happy Friday! This month is flying by so fast. I feel like just yesterday we turned the page to December and it’s already almost half over. All has been quiet this week as I prep the blog for {Blogmas} which starts TOMORROW with a giveaway! Hope you come back and enjoy the 12 days of posts I have lined up for you. For today’s Friday Five Cynthia, Courtney and I want to know what some of your favorite winter activities are!

Friday Five Winter ActivitiesDespite the cold this is a magical time of year and there is SO much to do. Here are just a few favorite activities of mine: 

1. Running. Any time, any season, anywhere. Next.

2. Um, this counts as an “activity” right?  (the correct answer is, of course it does!)

Winter Activities

3. Getting the heck out of dodge. That’s right! I always pick a warm weather city to visit in the winter months. Last winter it was Texas and the winter before, Florida. Coming up this winter is South Carolina. Yes, running was involved 🙂

4. Cooking up stews and warm dishes in the crock pot. This appliance gets the most action from me during the winter! Last week I made the Pumpkin and Black Bean Chili I posted about a few weeks ago. SO GOOD!

5. Checking out the Capitol Christmas Tree and Botanic Gardens. Every year there is a new and beautiful display at the Botanic Gardens. The displays are always so original and it’s fun to go and walk around the observatory. I’ll have more on this during Blogmas!! Capitol Christmas

What are some of your favorite winter activities? What’s on tap for the weekend? Don’t forget {Blogmas} starts TOMORROW!!

64 Comments on Friday Five: Favorite Winter Activities

  1. Going to the Capitol Tree and Botanic Garden sounds like fun! I’m sure it’s beautiful!
    Sherry recently posted…Friday Five: Favorite Winter ActivitiesMy Profile

  2. I am so looking forward to getting out of the cold this winter as well. I have two trips already lined up to go to Disney, January and February.
    Lacey@fairytalesandfitness recently posted…This Runner is Losing Her MindMy Profile

  3. I forgot about Crock Pot cooking! I’m also a fan of using my slowcooker in the winter. It’s so much easier, plus I love soups and stews.

    I’m really excited to start marathon training this winter!
    Molly @alsoranagain recently posted…5 Favorite Winter ActivitiesMy Profile

  4. Ooooh I want to try #4 – especially with that recipe! Thanks for sharing!
    Kristen recently posted…Friday Five: Winter Activities I’m Dying to TryMy Profile

  5. Visiting the Botanic Gardens is high on my list. This winter I’ll head to Charleston and Austin (latter no running involved…although I was tempted).
    Jennifer recently posted…Friday Five – Favorite Winter ActivitiesMy Profile

  6. I always forget about checking out Phipps Garden in winter, but you’re right, it would be a perfect time! I also love crock pot cooking in winter.
    Jennifer @ Running on Lentils recently posted…Five Favorite Winter ActivitiesMy Profile

  7. I need to start finding that warm weather oasis during the winter time, especially since my job is so crazy this time of year!! Love those socks by the way 🙂
    Janelle @ Run With No Regrets recently posted…Friday 5 Favorite Winter ActivitiesMy Profile

  8. Definitely the mug activities – cute mug btw, love penguins.

    We do the Tree/Garden too!
    M @ readeatwriterun.com recently posted…Friday Five – Favorite Winter ActivitiesMy Profile

  9. I do tons of crockpot cooking in the winter. I love the warm, hearty comfort foods that cook so well in it.
    MCM Mama recently posted…Five awesome things to do in DC in the winterMy Profile

  10. And yes, that absolutely counts! That drink looks amazing. I love to drink mulled wine in the winter!
    Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes recently posted…12 Days of Christmas Giveaways: Day 5–FRS Energy & EnduranceMy Profile

  11. MMM crockpot stews 🙂 I’ll have to keep the botanical gardens in mind for next time I visit, it looks beautiful!
    Stacey recently posted…Friday Five: Favorite Winter ActivitiesMy Profile

  12. If that is coffee in your mug, I’m so there! I’d love to go to the Botanic Gardens.
    HoHo Runs recently posted…Floundering FridayMy Profile

  13. There are so many fun activities to do in our area at this time of year. My favorite is going downtown to see the National Christmas Tree.
    Kathryn @ Dancing to Running recently posted…Friday Five – December 12thMy Profile

  14. Mar, I’m totally excited about Blogmas! Woo hoo! Can’t wait to see what you have in store for us! Umm, I really need a pair of those socks you have on in your picture…adorable! Thanks so much for hosting this wonderful link up and I hope you have a great weekend!
    Tara @ Running ‘N’ Reading recently posted…Favorite Winter ActivitiesMy Profile

  15. Oh I like the crock pot cooking idea, and definitely #2, having a nice drink! We are moving tomorrow and I just need to keep sane the next few days!
    Pam recently posted…Favorite Holiday Activities – Giving BackMy Profile

  16. I contemplated buying that mug last year! Now I’m sad that I didn’t! COFFEE is on my list too 🙂
    Lisa @ Lisa Runs for Cupcakes recently posted…Friday Five: Favorite Winter ActivitiesMy Profile

  17. Just ran and saw the tree at the White House this morning! I love Christmas in DC!
    Chris @ I’d Rather Be Sweating recently posted…Winter ActivitiesMy Profile

  18. Love the list. Last January I went to Florida for a half marathon. It was definitely preferable to the temperatures here.
    John @ run. geek. run(disney) recently posted…Five Favorite Winter Activities | Friday FiveMy Profile

  19. The capital tree and botanical garden look so spectacular. I would love to visit that during the holidays. So pretty!
    I love your take on running…. any season, any time, anywhere….. too true!!!
    Haley @ Running with Diapers recently posted…Friday Five: Winter Weather ActivitiesMy Profile

  20. I think winter is a reminder to kick our feet up with a tasty beverage to enjoy! I’m working on being less of a wimp and getting out during the colder weather. Looking for to your 12 Days of Blogmas!

  21. The penguin cup is so cute! I love the Botanical Garden but still haven’t seen any of their holiday displays. I’m going to have to make it down there at some point.
    Chaitali recently posted…Friday Five – favorite winter activitiesMy Profile

  22. Drinking hot chocolate, coffee, and warm adult beverages totally count as a winter activity!

    I haven’t gone down to see the National Christmas tree in years. I need to go down there one of these days.
    Debbie @ Deb Runs recently posted…Favorite Winter ActivitiesMy Profile

  23. I’m guessing that snuggling on the couch with my pink fluffy robe drinking pineapple rum and mango juice while watching Gracepoint doesn’t count as an actually activity? 😉

  24. I love wearing layers, soup, and Christmas baking!
    Jennifer recently posted…The Friday FiveMy Profile

  25. Of course number 2 counts as an activity! Looks like a lovely way to spend an evening, in my opinion 🙂 I have an 8k race this weekend.
    Heather Runs Thirteen Point One recently posted…week in review: december 1–7My Profile

  26. My husband and I are going to Galveston for Christmas on the beach this year with his family! 60 degrees is going to feel amazing!
    Kate @KateMovingForward recently posted…Friday Loves #29–Hashtag EditionMy Profile

  27. Sounds great! checking out the lights at the botanical garden, or zoo is on my list of things to do this winter too!
    Amber recently posted…5 Activities To Try This OffseasonMy Profile

  28. #2 is one of my favorite winter activities as well! ;P

    Cooking up warm dishes in the crockpot is also a favorite. That was definitely one of my wisest investments last year! <3
    Farrah recently posted…Foodie Friday: Ginger Almond Milk TeaMy Profile

  29. Hot chocolate totally counts! I need to go see the tree!! I feel like the holidays came so fast this year that I ran out of time to do everything!
    Lindsey recently posted…Friday 5: Shamrocking 2015My Profile

  30. the botanic gardens is really a hidden treasure! it’s so awesome and fun 🙂
    Courtney @ Eat Pray Run DC recently posted…Friday Five: Five Favorite Winter ActivitiesMy Profile

  31. April @ RunTheGreatWideSomewhere | December 13, 2014 at 7:29 am |

    The botanic gardens look gorgeous! I hope you have a great time in South Carolina!

  32. Amy @ Run with Perseverance | December 13, 2014 at 7:51 am |

    #2 most definitely counts as an activity! I, too, love using my crock pot in the winter. Nothing like a warm, hearty meal to comfort you on a cold winter day 🙂

  33. I’ve never been to the Botanic Gardens in the winter, but that sounds like a fantastic idea! I probably spend most of my winter nights doing #2, so it totally counts!
    Gabi @ LeanGreenIslandGirl recently posted…Favorite Winter ActivitiesMy Profile

  34. Awesome list!

    Mine would be:

    1. Themed Runs – Gobble Wobble & Reindeer Run

    2. Watching Holiday Moves – Love Actually, The Holiday, Elf, & Home Alone are yearly musts.

    3. Buy Presents for others. I get too into it.

    4. Baking/cooking Christmas treats. Peppermint Fudge time!

    5. Seeing houses lit up!
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